Officers

The Officers of the B.C. Federation of Labour meet bi-monthly to manage the day-to-day operational affairs of the Federation.

Irene Lanzinger

President
Irene was elected to the position of President of the BC Federation of Labour in 2014. Irene Lanzinger is a long-time union activist and teacher. She began her teaching career in 1978 and taught in Abbotsford and Vancouver.
Read Irene's full biography.

Aaron Ekman

Secretary Treasurer
Aaron Ekman was elected as the Secretary Treasurer of the BCFED in 2014. Previous to his election, Aaron was the Northern Regional Coordinator with the BC Government and Service Employees Union.
Read Aaron's full biography.

Brenda Brown

Vice President
Executive Vice President Brenda Brown has been a trade union activist for nearly three decades. Brenda became a member of the BCGEU in 1995, and in 2011 was elected vice-president, and was re-elected as executive vice president in 2014.

Brian Cochrane

Vice President
Brian Cochrane is a Business Manager and member of the Executive Board of IUOE 115. Local 115 members have exceptional skill levels, a commitment to safety, pride in the important work we do, and a firm belief in our right to fair and respectful relationships with all employers.

David Black

Vice President
David was elected President of MoveUP in 2011. He previously served as MoveUP's Vice-President for the ICBC group, starting in 2005.

Donisa Bernardo

Vice President
Sister Bernardo is the Financial Secretary of the Hospital Employees’ Union, a position she has held since 2006. A pharmacy assistant from Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, she is a long-time union activist having served for 17 years as Chair of Kamloops/Thompson Local. Sister Bernardo is Trustee on the Municipal Pension Plan and the Joint Facilities Benefits Trust.

Gavin McGarrigle

Vice President
Gavin McGarrigle is the BC Area Director for Unifor. Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 305,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.

George Davison

Vice President
President of Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, George has served on the FPSE Executive for 13 years, holding every position possible, including Secretary-Treasurer for four years. A history professor at the College of New Caledonia, George has been active in the labour movement for over 25 years.

Glen Hansman

Vice President
An elementary school teacher with the Vancouver School Board, Glen is the President of the BC Teachers’ Federation, serves on the BCTF's Executive Committee, and is chair of the K–12 Aboriginal Education Partners. Glen is also a former President of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association.

Ivan Limpright

Vice President
Ivan Limpright is the President of United Food and Commercial Workers' Union and has held full-time Local 1518 positions for 26 years, and has diligently spear-headed many successful initiatives which have improved the well-being of members throughout BC.

Jamey Mills

Vice President
Elected as PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for BC in 2017, Jamey is a PSAC young worker activist. A former President of the PSAC Vancouver Area Council, he served on the PSAC BC Regional Council as Metro Vancouver Coordinator and as Alternate Regional Executive Vice-President.

Joie Warnock

Vice President
Joie Warnock is the Western Director for Unifor. Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 305,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.

Karen Ranalletta

Vice President
Karen is the President of CUPE 2950 – representing 1500+ library, clerical and theatre workers at the University of British Columbia. In April 2013, she was elected to the CUPE BC Executive Board as a Regional Vice-President (Metro). She chairs both the CUPE BC Library and the CUPE BC Technological Change and Communications Committees.

Kim Novak

Vice President
A passionate advocate for social justice, UFCW 1518 Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak is committed to creating change on issues that matter to members. Kim has worked in various union positions, including communication representative, union representative, and director.

Laird Cronk

Vice President
Laird Cronk is an International Representative with the 1st District Office of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, servicing IBEW Local Unions in BC, the Yukon Territories and Alberta. Laird has previous experience in both labour and business endeavors.

Lee Loftus

Vice President
Lee Loftus is the President of the British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council (BCYT-BCTC), which was established in 1967. The BCYT-BCTC is an umbrella organization for construction unions in BC. Lee is also the Business Manager of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers (IAHFIAW) Local 118.

Paul Faoro

Vice President
Paul Faoro is President of CUPE BC elected in December 2015, after serving as Secretary-Treasurer for three years. Paul has also served as Regional Vice- President (2007) and General Vice-President (2009). CUPE BC is a provincial division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, representing 85,000 workers in more than 170 local unions and across many different sectors.

Rob Ashton

Vice-President
Prior to becoming President in 2016, Rob also served as First Vice President of ILWU Canada. A Longshore Worker since 1994 with ILWU 500 in Vancouver, Rob was elected to the Local 500 Executive Board, served on various Local committees, and was a Business Agent for five years.

Robert Demand

Vice President
Robert Demand is the President of UNITEHERE! Local 40, which represents hotel, food service and airport workers throughout BC. Local 40 is part of the UNITE HERE International Union, representing over 300,000 workers throughout Canada and the US.

Stephanie R. Smith

Vice President
Stephanie Smith is the first woman elected president of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), the most diverse labour union in British Columbia, representing 67,000 members at 550 different employers and B.C. government ministries.

Steve Hunt

Vice President
Stephen (Steve) Hunt is the Director of United Steelworkers (USW) District 3 - Western Canada. A miner and union member his entire working life, Hunt became a Steelworker in 1973.

Val Avery

Vice President
Val Avery is President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA). Avery has chaired the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association, which negotiates on behalf of 17,000 health science professionals working in BC's public acute and community health care facilities.

Victor Elkins

Vice President
Victor Elkins is the President of the Hospital Employee's Union (HEU). A 22-year activist, Victor has served on the P.E. since 2006, and has held several positions on his local executive, most recently as the assistant secretary-treasurer.